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Things To Do on the Big Island: the Real 9-day Itinerary

Things To Do on the Big Island: the Real 9-day Itinerary

The Big Island of Hawaii, a.k.a. the Orchid Island, a.k.a. the Fire Island, a.k.a. TBI or simply Hawaii is AMAZING! We have just returned from our 11-day (9 full days on the island) trip with tons of photos, and I am wrting this article while the memories are still fresh and vivid. If you are seeking information on the best things to do on the Big Island, keep reading! This article presents our full itinerary, with each day briefly described. Each…

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Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Come join the class, it’s called Hawaii 101 or What everyone needs to know about these enchanted isles. Whether you’re a wahini (wa-heenee) woman, or kane (kaw-nay) man, a malahini (mawla-heenee) newcomer, or a kama’aaina (kawmah-eye-nah) children of the land, it’s good to know the basics about your islands. First, there are 8 islands, actually a couple hundred stringing halfway up to Alaska, but there only are 8 main ones. And each island has a nick-name. Hawaii Island is so…

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Buy local. Eat healthy. Innovative farmers in Kula, Maui

Buy local. Eat healthy. Innovative farmers in Kula, Maui

Maui is a great place for farming for a few reasons.  The volcanic soil is rich in minerals, the warm weather allows for year-round production, and the upcountry with its consistent rainfall and sun provides lush conditions that are extremely conducive to farming. Most farms are located on the lower slopes of Haleakala – a dormant volcano – in an area known as Kula. Two amazing Maui farmers located here are Gerry Ross of Kupa’a Farms and Ryan Earehart of Oko’a Farms….

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Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Welcome to Hawaii!  It’s always good to know the symbols of the state you visit. Best to start with the big 5 Hawaii state symbols, the state flower, the state bird, the state nickname, the motto, and the little state fish with the big name. Once you know these you’re on your way to being a real local. You can already guess other Hawaii symbols like the state sport, surfing, and the state musical instrument, the ukulele (pronounced “oo”-ku-lay’-lee” not…

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The Shaka Sign: One Way Ticket to Spreading Aloha

The Shaka Sign: One Way Ticket to Spreading Aloha

The shaka has made its home in the hands of surfers around the globe. I’m here to tell you all about where this curious and friendly hand sign claims its origins and how the shaka continues to be relevant today. The shaka sign is a hand gesture that – by the general consensus – holds its origins in sweet Hawaii nei. To make it, all you have to do is make a fist and then stick your thumb and pinky…

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Petition to Provide Concession for 2020 Maui Vacation Property Taxes

Petition to Provide Concession for 2020 Maui Vacation Property Taxes

Maui owners came up with a sample tax concession petition to Maui County to retroactively lower the property taxes assessed on Maui vacation rentals, reflecting their loss of use during COVID-19 pandemic. In Maui County, property’s tax rates depend on its classification for tax rate purposes. Properties that are classified as short-term rentals are subject to the highest property tax. According to 2020 Classification table, owners renting short term are paying 1.1% while owner occupied tax is around 2.6% and non-owner…

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Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Filming Locations (2018)

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Filming Locations (2018)

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is the latest entry in the Jurassic franchise and a direct sequel to 2015’s box office monster Jurassic World. The story sees our heroes return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption, three years after the collapse of the titular theme park. But a new breed of terror awaits them on the mainland once the island is destroyed (yes, some Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom filming locations bite the dust). It’s fair…

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Hawaiian Music, Its Origins and Evolution

Hawaiian Music, Its Origins and Evolution

When the sound of Hawaii comes to mind, one tends to think of the soothing rhythms of the ukulele set to the gentle rustling of waves – background music commonly used in elevators, spas, and tropical-themed occasions. While Hawaiian music is often soothing and rhythmic, it is so much more than good background. Music is the very fabric of Hawaiian culture, its humble beginnings rooted in the origins of its people and its later evolution sparked by the arrival and…

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How To Export VRBO Calendar – Explained Step-by-Step

How To Export VRBO Calendar – Explained Step-by-Step

Last updated October 12, 2020. While this article is written for VRBO owners who need to export VRBO calendar into their HomeyHawaii listing, it will be useful to anyone who needs to sync VRBO calendar with any other platform, that supports iCalendar format. We can’t stress enough the importance of updated availability for traveler user experience and for owner getting bookings! “Trained” by Google in the recent years, people want the results instantly and reliably. Imagine a traveler that after…

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Official Colors and Flowers of Hawaiian Islands

Official Colors and Flowers of Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is such a Neverland you won’t be surprised that each island has its own color, 8 islands, 8 colors. Most all given for the color of flowers growing on each isle. The Hawaiian islands is a lei of colorful flowers, strung across the sea. Is this a charming state or what? Here are the official colors and flowers of Hawaiian islands from the bottom to the top, Hawaii to Ni’ihau. The Big Island – Red – Lehua flower First,…

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